Claire Van Vliet, Audrey Holden and Margaret Kaufman. Tumbling Blocks for Pris and Bruce. No 99 of an edition of 200.
(Newark. VT: Janus Press. 1996). Sevier Collection.
Vanderbilt University Special Collections
Artist, book maker, and John D. and Catherine T. McArthur Foundation award-winner Claire Van Vliet created this alphabet book from handmade paper offcuts from the production of a 1995 book by Margaret Kaufman entitled Praise Basted in: A Friendship Quilt for Aunt Sallie. Kaufman's book tells the story of a woman who stitches her dissatisfaction with her life into her quilts. The history of quilts as subtle story tellers through their symbols, quilting patterns, and other techniques, dovetails with Van Vliet's goal of enhancing text without getting in the way of the story. Tumbling Blocks for Pris and Bruce is designed with double spines which allow the folios to spiral in a number of ways or to sit in a circle, but they will always fall back into place. Van Vliet named the work for Bruce and Pris Hubbard, who collected Janus Press books, quilts and miniature books.